From manifesto to budget to delivery

The 2014 election manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) outlined how innovation, research and technology can transform India into a superpower by empowering, connecting and binding all stakeholders.

The decisive mandate given to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, in the general election marked a paradigm shift in the Indian political landscape; the people of India reposed their complete faith in Prime Minister Modi and his team.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley and his team must be complimented for taking forward the visionary BJP manifesto and turning it into actionable budget proposals, and also for setting the direction towards building a “Digital India” where innovation, research and technology will play a major role.

Rural broadband and e-highways

A pan-India programme called “Digital India” has been proposed in the 2014 budget to bridge the divide between digital “haves”and “have-nots”. This would ensure broadband connectivity at the village level, improved access to services through information technology (IT)-enabled platforms, greater transparency in government processes, consumption of local content and a host of other services. The railway budget proposed providing Wi-Fi connectivity at train stations, on premium trains and “Office on Wheels”.

An ambitious plan to integrate all government departments through an e-platform will create a business- and investor-friendly ecosystem in India, by making all business- and investment-related clearances and compliances available on a single 24×7 portal, with an integrated payment gateway.

An ecosystem for innovation: from ‘Sell in India’ to ‘Made in India’

India, since the beginning of civilization, has been a leader in science and technology. Lack of a favourable ecosystem for spurring innovation, however, has dented its position post-Independence. Today, India produces only around 2% of IT products that it consumes. This is having an adverse impact on its economy. The need of the hour is to make India an innovation-driven manufacturing hub from a consumption market, by creating an enabling ecosystem for nurturing product start-ups. Entrepreneurship needs to become part of the national culture instead of being the success story of a few. The new government has recognized the need to create an ecosystem for fundamental research and innovation for India to become a global manufacturing giant with specific programmes for small entrepreneurs, start-up villages and incubation centres. The nationwide district-level incubation and accelerator programme can promote frugal innovation ground-up…….See More

HPS enters into strategic alliance with Tech Mahindra

HPS enters into strategic alliance with Tech Mahindra


HPS has announced that it has entered into a global services alliance agreement with Tech Mahindra. Under this agreement, HPS’ flagshipPowerCARD payments technology will now be available to Tech Mahindra’s customers worldwide. The alliance will enable Tech Mahindra’s financial institutions and payment processing customers of all sizes to improve their cards and payments businesses by replacing legacy hardware and software with a single, flexible and cost processing effective platform.

Abdeslam Alaoui, Managing Director, HPS, said, “Tech Mahindra benefits from a truly global network, and its expansion plans are very much in line with our own strategy. The collaboration between HPS and Tech Mahindra has been excellent and HPS will continue working with Tech Mahindra to deliver modernization programs in electronic payment for any financial institution that is looking to win market share or escape the technology legacy trap and we look forward to working with Tech Mahindra closely.”

Niraj Vedwa, Global Head – Banking, Payments and Cards, Tech Mahindra, added, “Our mission is to deliver highest-quality products, solutions and services to our existing and future customers that add value to their businesses and customers. HPS is, undoubtedly, the leader in payments software and this strategic partnership is extremely important for our market strategy and value proposition as it allows us to introduce a world-class payments processing platform to our customer base around the world.”

PowerCARD is a comprehensive suite of electronic payment solutions that covers the entire value chain of issuing, acquiring and switching in one single payments platform. This enables payments innovation by allowing new products to be brought to market more easily and changes to be implemented faster and at lower cost. The PowerCARD software does this using a modern…..See More

Infosys names Vishal Sikka as new MD and CEO

Infosys names Vishal Sikka as new MD and CEO

Former CTO of SAP, Vishal Sikka has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and MD of Infosys(NYSE:INFY). He will join as a whole time Director of the board on 14th  of this month and take over the position of CEO and MD from S D Shibulal on August 1. Previously he was a member of the Executive Board of SAP, steering innovation globally.

On his appointment, Sikka said that he is honored to lead Infosys and that he looks forward to work with and learn from talented Infoscions around the world. He is grateful to the Infosys Nominations and Governance Committee, Kamath, Murthy and the board for the opportunity.

The board has also elevated UB Pravin Rao, President and whole-time Director, as the Chief Operating Officer, with effect from June 14.

Executive Chairman, N R Narayana Murthy and his son Rohan Murty will step down from their position as Executive Chairman and Executive Vice-Chairman respectively on June 14. Murthy will be designated as Chairman emeritus with effect from October 11, 2014 due to his contributions to the company. To ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities, they will continue on the board till October 10 as the Non-Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Vice Chairman, respectively……See More

Juniper and Aruba Networks join hands over high-IQ Enterprise Network

Juniper and Aruba Networks join hands over high-IQ Enterprise Network


Juniper Networks(NYSE:JNPR) and Aruba Networks have signed a strategic agreement to deliver open, converged wired and wireless network solutions based on best-of-breed technologies. The partnership includes both joint development efforts and go-to-market collaboration, with the goal of providing innovative solutions for the toughest problems facing enterprises.

As part of this effort, Juniper is enabling technology partners, like Aruba, to take advantage of Juniper’s programmable silicon by making available key software elements and new programmable application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable the High-IQ enterprise – an open, smart approach to enterprise networking that allows customers to fundamentally transform the user and operator experience. This will help foster industry collaboration to accelerate innovation for customers and partners.

“Juniper is delivering best-of-breed High-IQ networks to customers to remove complexity and increase control of their critical infrastructure. Bringing these capabilities to the Enterprise is core to our strategy and our partnership with Aruba is a key example of open, intelligent solutions. With Aruba, we jointly deliver a unique, interoperable wired and wireless solution that will enable customers to realize performance, cost, intelligence and simplified management benefits. Additionally, Juniper’s Open Convergence Framework provides customers with comprehensive solutions optimized for the unique requirements of the Enterprise,” saidShaygan Kheradpir, Chief Executive Officer, Juniper Network.

Together, Juniper and Aruba are addressing these mobility market trends with product-level integration that leverages open protocols and open APIs on Juniper switches and routers, and contextual data on users, devices, applications and location available from Aruba’s enterprise Wireless LAN (WLAN) products. With this integration, enterprises will be able to optimize application performance……See More

Fortinet strengthens Its Cloud Security Offerings

Fortinet strengthens Its Cloud Security Offerings


As organizations continue to migrate mission-critical applications to the cloud, secure access to sensitive data and application workloads remains critically important, Fortinet(NASDAQ:FTNT) has announced support for secure access to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. With immediate effect, customers can benefit from a secure virtual private network (VPN) access to Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering while leveraging Fortinet’s broad and multi-layered security technologies across network, application and content security.

“Microsoft Azure’s cloud scalability, performance and economic benefits make it a convincing choice for customers wanting to leverage the cloud while continuing to use existing on-premises infrastructure. These customers require secure VPN access from office and branch networks to the cloud, and Fortinet’s next-generation firewall platforms extend on-premises data centers to the cloud while enabling security,” saidVenkat Gattamneni, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft.

All Fortinet FortiGate security appliances offer full support for VPN access to the Microsoft Azure Virtual Network service, allowing organizations to quickly and easily create secure VPN tunnels linking on-premise networks and cloud environments. In addition, all FortiGate appliances uniquely deliver centralized management of virtualized and physical infrastructures through a “single-pane-of-glass” approach to management.

“As we work with customers to extend on-premises infrastructure to the cloud using Microsoft Azure, we need to ensure both a high level of security and seamless data access across multiple environments,” said Michael Xie, Founder, CTO & President, Fortinet.

By adding support for Microsoft Azure on top of its existing support for Windows Server……See More

Uganda regulator approves Warid Telecom’s buyout by Airtel

Uganda regulator approves Warid Telecom's buyout by Airtel


Uganda’s telecommunication regulator has given a nod to the Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel on the acquisition of Warid Telecom. This acquisition will help the giant to bolster its position in the country.

In a statement by the company, it is said that Airtel’s proposed acquisition of Warid Telecom has received approvals from the Uganda Communications Commission. With this, Airtel will further consolidate its position as the second-largest mobile operator in Uganda with a combined customer base of over 7.2 million and market share of over 39%.

Airtel Uganda Managing Director VG Somasekhar said that the acquisition will create a superior and wider network and the company will invest more in the key areas such as technological innovation and customer service.

The company will continue to invest in the country and the Warid customers will be able to retain their existing mobile numbers. Moreover, customers will also enjoy benefits like remaining balances in their SIM and existing services. Besides, Warid customers will get access to roaming benefits…….See More

NDMC selects Tata DoCoMo to deploy Wi-Fi Connectivity at CP

NDMC selects Tata DoCoMo to deploy Wi-Fi Connectivity at CP


Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has selected Tata DoCoMo to set up Wi-Fi services in the Connaught Place (CP) area, New Delhi. Covering more than 4 kms, deployment of Wi-Fi hotspot will ensure seamless connectivity in the inner and outer circles of one of the most significant business and leisure centres in the city.

CP, which is a prominent place in the National Capital with its historic and business perspective, is frequented by thousands of people visiting every day for business as well as casual and hang out. The place is rated as one of the most expensive business destinations in the world, according to global property consultant CBRE Group.

Avinash Gabriel, Chief Operating Officer, Wi-Fi Business, Tata DoCoMo, said, “We are proud of our long-term partnership with NDMC and feel honoured to be chosen as a trusted partner for deploying Wi-Fi connectivity at Connaught Place. We are targeting business and non-business visitors who increasingly need connectivity with higher speeds across multiple devices. Our deployment at CP further reinforces our capabilities in providing seamless and high-speed internet access to people who visit this place daily.”

Jalaj Shrivastava, Chairman, NDMC, said, “Connecting one of the most vibrant and busy parts of the city with the world through internet round the clock is a milestone in the process of city’s urban development. Enriching facilities such as the Wi-Fi connectivity across Connaught Place showcase the futuristic path NDMC has taken to bring the city at par with international standards. We are pleased to see how the initiatives taken by Tata Docomo have shaped up and we look forward to similar projects being executed by NDMC in the coming times.”

Tata DoCoMo has a strong portfolio of providing Wi-Fi hotspots in prominent public areas…..See More